Mario had a better game last night against Tory Holt’s St. Louis Rams than in his first week of games. Richard Justice’s blog at the Houston Chronicle proclaimed:
He lives! He started at right defensive end, but moved up and down the line. He consistently drew double-team blocking. Despite that, we finally got a glimpse of what he can be in the second quarter when he had a tipped pass and a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on consecutive plays. It seems coaches are throwing a lot at him mentally to see how much he can handle. So far, he’s not overwhelmed.
Additionally, this link takes you to the story that ran on the news wires:
Williams, who made a negligible impact last week, showed signs of justifying Houston’s decision to take him at No. 1 over Reggie Bush in a 27-20 Texans win over St. Louis on Saturday night. He drew the Rams into a pair of penalties, batted down a pass to force a punt and tackled running back Tony Fisher for a 3-yard loss.
Last week, Williams said he was too excited.
“I just came out and was really thinking about taking my time and not being too caught up in just being on the field,” Williams said. “I just took my time and let it happen, just had fun.
“I had a lot more fun today than I did last week.”
Coach Gary Kubiak said Williams “played like a rookie” in the preseason opener.
He saw a different player against the Rams.
“Without looking at the film I could feel his pressure out there,” Kubiak said. “That’s what you have to have. You have to take steps each week.”